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Understanding Restricted Stock Units (RSUs): A Key Component of Employee Compensation

April 26, 2024

At your workplace, you may be offered restricted stock units (RSUs) as part of your compensation package. RSUs are shares of the company stock that you cannot immediately sell—they need to vest over time, usually based on your tenure or performance at the company. This method aims to motivate employees to stay with the company and work towards its success.

Key Points about RSUs

  • Vesting Schedule: RSUs are typically awarded in portions over a few years. You can only access or sell these shares after they have vested, which means you’ve fulfilled the conditions set by your employer.
  • Tax Implications: When RSUs vest, they are considered taxable income. It’s crucial to plan for potential taxes due since companies may not always withhold taxes from these shares. Strategies such as withholding a portion of the shares for tax purposes can help manage this liability.
  • Financial Planning: Owning RSUs increases your financial stake in your company but also adds risk, especially if your investment portfolio lacks diversification. Consulting with a financial advisor can help you assess and manage this risk effectively.
  • Estate Planning: When your RSUs vest, they may be put into a brokerage account in your name. Depending on their value and your state’s laws, they could impact your estate planning. It’s wise to discuss with an estate planning attorney whether transferring these assets to a trust or joint account might be beneficial.

Maximizing the Benefit of Your RSUs

To fully benefit from your RSUs, stay informed about their potential impacts on your finances and tax situation. Regular consultations with a financial advisor can help ensure that your investment in RSUs aligns with your broader financial goals.

For more detailed information on how RSUs work and how they can be integrated into your financial planning, read the full guide on Buckingham Strategic Partners.

Contact Omni360 for Expert Financial Guidance

If you need assistance with investment planning or understanding how RSUs fit into your financial strategy, please reach out to Omni360. Our team is ready to help you build and manage a financial plan that recognizes the value of your compensation and aligns with your long-term objectives.


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